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Bulldogs open fall practice, scrimmage on Thursday

  • 8 August 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs open fall practice, scrimmage on Thursday

While it may seem that the summer just hit its stride, for football fans early August is tantalizingly close to the kickoff of the  action.
The Marlboro County High School football team opened preseason practice last Friday and have been working out in the mornings this week.
"Overall, I'm pleased with where we are.  Summer drills were productive and we have most of the offense installed now," said head coach Bobby Collins, who will be in his first season with the Bulldogs.
"On day one, everybody showed up, which is always a plus.  Day two (Saturday) the intensity and enthusiasm went up, which is a key," said Collins.
The third practice being on Monday, was somewhat less spirited but productive nonetheless.

Countdown to kickoff begins at jamboree media day

  • 19 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Countdown to kickoff begins at jamboree media day

For most folks, it is mid-summer but for high school football coaches, it is only a couple of weeks before the start of fall.
As they wrap up their offseason, a number of the area's coaches were in Bennettsville Monday for the media day for the Dennis Miller Jamboree of Champions.  The annual exhibition will be played August 16 at McAlpine Stadium.
"There have been some state rule changes this year and teams are much more limited with the number of scrimmages and jamborees that they can participate in.  I am grateful that the other 13 teams agreed to participate in our jamboree," said MCHS head coach Bobby Collins.
The event, named in memory of longtime recreation director and Bulldog booster Dennis Miller, will feature six head coaches who are in their first seasons at their respective schools, including Collins.

Spring game set for Thursday

  • 30 May 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Spring game set for Thursday

The Marlboro County High football team will wrap up their spring practice sessions this week.  That will include the annual Black and Gold spring game on Thursday.
"We had wanted to have the game during the last period of the school day, so the student body would all be on hand to watch.  However, it is just too hot for that," said head coach Bobby Collins.
The game will start at 7 p.m. instead.  Collins intends to divide the team into two roughly-even units and play two 25 or 30 minute halves.
One thing that will be on display is Collins' offensive strategy and how it differs from that of former coach Dean Boyd.
"Last year, the team was in the shotgun with one running back about 95% of the time.  I prefer to have the quarterback under center most of the time, with a tight end and usually two running backs," said Collins.

State Champs!

  • 16 May 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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State Champs!

Marlboro Academy wrapped up the softball season Tuesday by winning the SCISA Class AA state championship.  The Lady Dragons defeated rival Pee Dee Academy 9-0 to sweep the best-of-three series to win the title.  The Dragons were led by senior pitcher Jenna Greene who held Pee Dee to just one hit in the final game, while striking out 11 Eagle batters.  The Dragons finish the season with a 32-2 record including wins over much larger schools from across both South and North Carolina.  Above, the Dragons “dogpile” on top of head coach Boyd McLaurin after picking up the championship trophy.  For more on the Lady Dragons’ championship, see Sports, page 6. 

Lady Dragons to play for state title

  • 13 May 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro Academy's softball team will face Pee Dee Academy in a best-of-three series to decide the SCISA Class AA softball crown.  The Lady Dragons will travel to Mullins Monday evening for the series opener.  The second game will be at Marlboro at 5:30 Tuesday.  If a third game is needed it will be played at a neutral site yet to be determined.

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